Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Voting day stories

My friend just returned from voting at PS 149 in New York City. She told me that she got on line at 7:00 am in the morning. There were hundreds in front of her in the line to vote and in about an hour, hundreds had gathered up behind her. She got to vote at 9:15 am and by then three voting machines had broken down. This added to the state of confusion at the voting booth and she told me that election officials were seen walking around distributing pamphlets to the people lined up instructing them to call the appropriate 1-800 numbers complaining that voting machines that were supposed to reliably work broke down just a couple of hours into the process. She said that she was glad to actually cast her vote and added that even if New York is not a swing state, she wanted to tell her grandchildren that she participated in a historic election. My wife plans to vote in the afternoon today.

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